Title: Lady Sophia’s Lover

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Series: Bow Street Runners #2  (Books are stand-alone)

Genre: Historical Romance

Published: June 4th 2002 by Avon

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★

SYNOPSIS:

Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal: to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house.

Every morning, her lush presence tempts him beyond all reason . . . the way she bends over the table to serve him the meals she has prepared . . . the way her hands oh, so gently—yet sensuously—brush against him. Every night, she promises with her eyes—and her body—that the hours before dawn could be spent in unbridled passion instead of restless sleep—if only he’d let her share his bed.

She knows he is falling more in love with her each day. But she never counted on falling in love with him. And she never dreamed he might very respectably ask for her hand in marriage.

MY REVIEW:

4 of 5 stars to Lady Sophia’s Lover by Lisa Kleypas

★★★★

The not-so-popular Bow Street Runners series of Lisa Kleypas is admittedly, not for everyone, with its unconventional heroines and heroes. Lady Sophia’s Lover, the second installment to the series, is no exception. If you’re looking for a virginal heroine and a hero who has yet to fall in love, you won’t find it here.

Sophia Sydney is a twenty-eight year old ‘commoner,’ who works as a clerk for Sir Ross Cannon (the hero). When she was younger, she had a lover who duped her into thinking he was unmarried and eventually proposed to her but left her hanging in the end. She is far from the innocent debutantes and ladies we have come to love in Kleypas’ other series such as Wallflowers and Ravenels but she’s just as loveable for her strong character.

Sir Ross Cannon is nearing his forties and is known for being a workaholic. Ever since his first wife died in childbirth, he seemed to have buried his self in copious amount of work to cope for her loss. Sir Ross is a magistrate, greatly respected by the common folk for being fair and just.

The two’s relationship seemed doomed from the beginning with Sophia carefully planning her betrayal but the drama I expected did not happen. Ross is refreshingly forgiving and understanding of Sophia. It was a pleasant surprise to find such a twist in this otherwise overused plot device because Kleypas could have easily gone through the cliched route but didn’t.

I was dead set to give this story a 3 star rating when Ross and Sophia got together but another twist near the end made me change my mind. It was an emotional one that had me crying because it was sad and rewarding both at the same time. I refuse to spoil what exactly happened because I want you guys to experience it just as I had.


**cover art: 2/5 stars.. tacky.**